The North Face Alpine Project Hybrid Hoodie (2013)

The guides at Glenmore Lodge (the Scottish National Outdoor Training Centre) will be wearing the The North Face Alpine Project Hybrid Hoodie during summer 2014. It has been designed as a versatile layer and it’s made from a thinner version of Gore Windstopper than other jackets in our test, which puts it in the mild spring/summer/autumn bracket rather than being suitable for the depths of winter. Compared to others you are not getting much for your money either, as the top only features two main pockets and a rather basic hood rather than the plethora of features most other jackets boast. However what the The North Face Alpine Project Hybrid Hoodie does offer is well-designed for the hill. So the pockets are placed high on the body to allow easy access while wearing a pack, and they are large enough to stuff a map or guidebook into with ease. The hood has no drawcords at all, just some elastication around the face – meaning it will either fit you or it won’t – so definitely try before you buy. On me it was okay, but did cut into the sides of my eyes a little too much, so I would prefer it had volume adjustment to improve its fit; I’ll leave you decide if my head is average size or not! The cuffs have no adjustment either, so you cannot vent them or batten them to suit the conditions – and this is a drawback in a garment intended to be versatile.

Material Gore Windstopper
Weight 473g (size L)
External pockets 2
Internal pockets 1
Pit zips no
Men’s sizes S-XL
Women’s sizes XS-L

The The North Face Alpine Project Hybrid Hoodie is pricy for the features provided but it is fairly well-designed for milder conditions, though it is a matter of luck if the hood and cuffs fit you perfectly.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013